Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Water, Boats, and Sailing Episode with Guest DJ, Wendy & DB

Chicago duo Wendy and DB are back guest DJing HFVS! In this episode, Wendy and DB will take you on an aquatic adventure, as they dive deeply into the rivers, lakes, and oceans of our planet and explore some of the creatures that live there. We’ll learn a little bit about Wendy’s experience on Pete Seegar’s Hudson River sloop and then sail away until next time!

Wendy and DB work with an organization called A Better Life for Kids, which helps children and families in Ghana. Learn more here: abetterlifeforkids.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 7th & 8th, 2017
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Water Song

 


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  1. Live song (Wendy and DB Vocal & Guitar) : Wendy & DB Water is wide
  2. Jimmy Buffet, It’s All about the Water – Don’t Stop the Carnival
  3. Wendy & DB, Water song – HomeEarth
  4. Ella Jenkins, Wade in the Water – African American Folk Rhythms
  5. Joanie Leeds, Ferry Nice – Brooklyn Baby
  6. Raffi, Down by the Bay – Singable songs for the very young
  7. Ella Jenkins, Come Dance by the Ocean – Come Dance by the Ocean
  8. Beatles, Octupus’s Garden – Abbey Road
  9. Wendy & DB, Olly Orca – HomeEarth
  10. Mister G, Cocodrillo (Crocodile) ABC Fiesta
  11. Tim Kubert, Superhero – Anthems for Adventure
  12. Wendy & DB, Girl Superhero – HomeEarth
  13. Pete Seeger, Michael row you boat ashore – Sing out with Pete!
  14. Jazzy Ash, Down by the Riverside – Swing Set
  15. Richie Haven, Of time and River Flowing – Where have all the flowers gone?
  16. Okee Dokee Brothers, Can you Canoe? – Can you Canoe?
  17. Christopher Cross, Sailing – Sailing
  18. Dan Zanes, Sail Away – Turn, Turn, Turn
  19. Randy Newman, I will go sailing no more – Toy story

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Rise Again: 1,200 Songs to Expand our Musical Horizon

People’s Music: Songs About Real Life Experiences that Real People Enjoyed Singing Together

Do you have a copy of Rise Up Singing? How about companion, Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook, with preface by Pete Seeger and foreword by Billy Bragg? Conceived, developed, and edited by western Massachusetts based folk singers Peter Blood and Annie Patterson under the guiding hand of the late Pete Seeger, Rise Again is a treasure trove of lyrics and chords to 1,200 well-loved songs spanning genres as diverse as British Invasion, blues, country, jazz, Motown, composed folk, traditional ballads, gospel, Broadway, early rock ‘n’ roll, alternative/indie artists, “pub songs” and much more, arranged in 39 themed chapters, with commentary on the songs, cross-reference listings at the end of each chapter, and Artists, Cultures, and Titles indexes.

Pete Seeger played a central role in the development of both Rise Up Singing and Rise Again. Following the publication of Rise Up Singing in 1988, Pete Seeger urged the creation of a second songbook with the same format as Rise Up Singing but with even more inclusion of genres that were not heavily represented in the original book. Until his death in 2014, he regularly sent Annie Patterson and Peter Blood suggestions for songs to include in the second volume, lobbying for a balance of song genres and subjects, and for the songs to reflect a message of empowerment and positive change through community music making.

Every page of Rise Again: A Group Singing Songbook reflects the vision of Pete Seeger, who did not believe in artificial boundaries like “folk music”‘ and constantly encouraged Patterson and Blood to center their work on songs he referred to as “people’s music”– songs about real life experiences that real people enjoyed singing together. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode with Guest DJs, Funkinships (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Rivers, Critters and Pirate Misfit Episode
with Guest DJs, Funkinships

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During this segment an unlikely band of musical misfits known as Funkinships, share some of their favorite songs about the river that brought them together. Learn about the critters that make the water a magical place and why we need to keep the rivers clean for them. —www.funkinships.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 8th & 9th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: From Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday concert (Clearwater Concert) at Madison Square Garden in 2009. Featuring: Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Toshi Reagon, Warren Haynes, and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

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PLAYLIST

  • Funkinships – “Sea Legs” [Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Shel Silverstien – “Captain Hook” [Where The Sidewalk Ends]
  • Pete Seeger and Ed Renehan – “The Old Ben Franklin and the Sloop Sally B”[Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay]
  • Funkinships – “The Shad and The Eel”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Make and Clancy – “A Place in the Choir” [The Makem and Clancey Collection]
  • Kermit the Frog – “Rainbow Connection” [The Muppet Movie Original Soundtrack]
  • Lyle Lovett – “If I had a Boat” [Pontiac]
  • Funkinships – “Left Foot, Right Foot”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Sesame Street – “Alligator King” [The Count Counts: Vol. 1]
  • Pete Seeger – “Sailing Down my Golden River” [Pete]
  • Funkinships – “If You Cant Sing Well Sing Loud”[Post Folk Absurdist]
  • Derek McGee – “The Donkey Of Violet Hill”
  • John Hartford – “Turn Your Radio On” [Steam Powered Aero Plane]
  • Funkinships – “The Great Whale Ball”[Post Folk Absurdist]

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HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

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History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 9th & 10th, 2016

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Hilltown Family Variety Show
History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

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David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 24 & 25, 2014
Original Broadcast: May 25th & 26th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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PLAYLIST

  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS Animals in American Folk Music Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Furgeson (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

Animals in American Folk Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Andy Furgeson

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This week’s guest DJ, Andy Furgeson, a.k.a. Red Yarn, hosts a Animals in American Folk Music Episode, exploring the theme of animals in American Folk Music.  Andy mixes old folksongs with newer adaptations and original songs in the folk tradition. A few critters from these folksongs even show up in the studio! – www.redyarnproductions.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 1st & 2nd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Little Lap Dog Lullaby” by Laura Veirs from the album Tumble Bee. Stop action animation by Helen Woolston.


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  • Laura Veirs – “Little Lap Dog Lullaby” [Tumble Bee]
  • Jim Jackson – “Old Dog Blue” [Anthology of American Folk Music]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “John the Rabbit” [You Are My Flower]
  • Red Yarn – “Bob the Rabbit” [The Deep Woods]
  • Pete Seeger – “Mister Rabbit” [Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes: Little & Big]
  • Peggy Seeger – “There Was An Old Frog” [The Long Harvest]
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Froggie Went A Courtin’” [We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions]
  • Field Recording of Prison Gang – “Grizzly Bear” [The Folk Box (Elektra/Folkways)]
  • Mo Phillips – “Bear Shirt” [Robot Rodeo]
  • Mike Seeger – “Peep Squirrel” [Animal Folk Songs For Children… and Other People!]
  • Red Yarn – “The Fox” [The Deep Woods]
  • Lead Belly – “Grey Goose” [Lead Belly Sings For Children]
  • Pointed Man Band – “Grandmother’s Invisible Duck [Swordfish Tango]
  • Ella Jenkins – “Did You Feed My Cow” [African American Folk Rhythms]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Bad Blue Jay” [Sing Along!]
  • Cat Doorman – “All the Birds” [Songbook]
  • The Everly Brothers – “Muskrat” [The Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers]
  • Red Yarn – “Rattlesnake” [The Deep Woods]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
  • Johnny & Jason – “Gotta Go” [Be Alive]

HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

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David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 25th & 26th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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PLAYLIST

  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

Locally Produced Family CD to Benefit Haiti

Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti
Locally Produced by Spare the Rock Records

Hilltown Families friends Bill Childs and Dean Jones have joined forces to produce "Many Hands," a locally produced CD of family music to benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project. This forthcoming CD will feature new music from Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Mitchell, They Might Be Giants and many more. National release date: Aug. 10th, 2010.

With a national release on August 10th, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti is the first release from Spare the Rock Records, based out of Western MA.  This unique collection of songs is filled with uplifting messages from some of today’s very best family musicians.

After the January 12th, 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital, family musician Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas) found himself feeling helpless and desperately wanting to help the people of Haiti. Having close friends in Haiti and feeling a deep love and respect for the music from the region, Jones felt the need to create something that could help the ongoing rebuilding effort.

The idea for Many Hands came to him in the middle of the night and the very next day several of his fellow family musicians signed on. “When I had the idea for the ‘Many Hands’ CD, I knew without a doubt that I could count on the big-hearted kindie community.” said Jones. “The generosity and the amazing work of all the musicians and everyone involved definitely exceeded my initial expectations.”

Almost all of the tracks on the album are previously unreleased, most of them recorded especially for this release. The gathering of artists featured here is a strong assortment of the unique and special talents creating and performing for today’s all ages audiences, from the legendary Pete Seeger to family hip-hop star Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. In addition, everyone involved in the process of getting this album out into the world from replication to distribution has also either drastically discounted or donated their services. Proceeds from this release will benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project and their long-standing work to help the people of Haiti.

Many Hands will be released as the debut album of Spare the Rock Records founded by kindie rock connoisseur Bill Childs. “After speaking with Dean it was immediately obvious to me that this would be a great record, and, just as importantly, that it would have the potential to help keep people’s attention on the ongoing recovery of Haiti,” recalls Childs on how the partnership came to fruition. “Dean asked for some help reaching out to a few artists, and that just naturally flowed into my helping the record get a wider release; ultimately, that meant starting a label.” Childs produces, with his kids, the weekly radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child which airs every Saturday on 103.3FM Valley Free Radio from 7-9am, and 93.9FM The River from 8-10am. Bill also writes about kids’ music for Hilltown Families and various parenting magazines,  has produced numerous kids’ concerts and is the co founder of KindieFest, the family music conference.

Musicians include on the CD include: Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Mitchell, They Might be Giants, Gustafer YellowgoldCaspar Babypants, Frances England, Dog on Fleas, Lunch Money, Baby Gramps, Recess Monkey, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Bonga and the Vodou Drums of Haiti, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Jonathan Coulton, Uncle Rock, Grenadilla, Dean Jones, Emily Curtis, Randy Kaplan, and Jerrice Baptiste. – CD release shows are planned on both coasts, with details available at ManyHandsCD.com.

HFVS Music Giveaway: Go Waggaloo by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family

New Music Giveaway: Go Waggaloo by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family

Featuring Woody Guthrie drawings on the cover art and booklet, ‘Go Waggaloo’ will entertain every member of every family.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently sent us a CD by local Western Massachusetts musician Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family, Go Waggaloo, her debut family album. The 13-track disc features her husband, Johnny Irion, their two daughters, and a host of other family and friends including her father Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Pete’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger. An absolutely fantastic group of friends and family and an equally fantastic collection of both original and traditional folk music, including three songs featuring lyrics by Sarah’s grandfather Woody Guthrie from the Smithsonian Folkways archives never before put to music. The allurement of Sarah’s vocals, the originality of new songs and the familiarness of traditional folk music sung by folk music legends, make Go Waggaloo a “Grade A” family album! My daughter and I both love this new alum. We can’t stop playing it!

Arlo Guthrie writes in the introduction of this CD, “If you have enough kid left inside yourself somewhere for these songs to make sense, consider yourself lucky. They are building blocks of who you are and where you come from. I love songs that are inspired and/or written by kids themselves and not by the people who think they know what’s good for you.”

To find out more about Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband, Johnny Irion, visit their web site at sarahleeandjohnny.com.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family debut family album, Go Waggaloo, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) You must include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 11/04/09 @ 7pm (EST).

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

To continue to spread the word about this album, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is offering listeners the opportunity to stream the entire album for free until November 3rd, 2009 HERE.

Additionally, SFR is running a contest on their Facebook page where they ask listeners to define what they think “Go Waggaloo” means. The first 200 people who comment each get a free download from Smithsonian Folkways.

  • HOLIDAY GIFT: This would make a great holiday gift! If you don’t win, you can find copies HERE for sale.
  • Ticket Giveaway: Clearwater Music Festival

    Clearwater Music Festival: A Fun Family Experience

    The Clearwater Music Festival happens next weekend on the Shores of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Before my daughter was born I was a volunteer at the festival for years. Last year was the first year I took my daughter, and this year we’re volunteering in the children’s arts & craft area. I just love this festival, and it’s a great festival to take the family to – plus, we have FIVE FREE TICKETS to giveaway! To enter to win simply post us a comment below by 5pm Sunday (that’s tomorrow!).

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    Photos (c) Hilltown Families.

    “The Festival that Saved a River”–which has been at the forefront of the nation’s environmental movement in the struggle for clean waterways–is celebrating 40 years of environmental action, education and music. Inspired by a desire of singer/activist Pete Seeger to clean up the Hudson River, the Festival today attracts thousands of visitors for a weekend offering the best in family fun and children’s activities, crafts, and environmental education. Clearwater Revival is the most environmentally conscious outdoor event in the country, with five stages powered by solar, wind, and bio-diesel sustainable energy. In keeping with Clearwater’s environmental mission, the Festival features musicians, speakers, vendors, environmental exhibits, and grassroots activists advocating a sustainable lifestyle and social responsibility.

    This year the Festival has significantly stepped up its efforts to reach its “Zero Waste” goal by arranging to collect all food waste for composing. Clearwater was the first major festival to develop the concept more than 42 years ago with the Litter Picking Committee, and today it is an integral part of our efforts to make our event a model for all other Festivals to follow.

    Clearwater is also using recyclable products and encouraging visitors to bring their own water, minimizing the environmental impact on the site. The five performance stages are all powered with 100% sustainable energy that includes solar and bio-diesel.

    The festival will also feature hands-on environmental education workshops and exhibits, including the GREEN LIVING EXPO, where companies, firms and organizations showcase green products or services, an the ACTIVIST AREA, where visitors can get information on many of the community’s important environmental groups.

    For more information visit their web site at www.clearwaterfestival.org

    Pete Seeger and the Clearwater Festival

    Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

    Long before “going green” became popular buzzwords, the Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival founder, folk singer/peace activist Pete Seeger sang and protested tirelessly in support of the environment, particularly the Hudson River in New York. His extraordinary legacy is documented in the upcoming film, American Masters Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, a new film scheduled to premier nationwide on PBS on 02/27/08 at 9pm (EST). The documentary explores how Seeger’s music inspires everyday people to get involved and make a difference. He continues to gain popularity and recognition for his achievements, with a petition recently launched to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    The Hilltown Family Variety Show has featured Pete Seeger on several episodes, including: Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (01/22/08), Peace Episode (01/01/08), and the Earth Day Episode (04/17/07). Pete Seeger understands the power of song to move people. The Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival is a celebration of the environment, recognizing all the progress we have made in cleaning up the Hudson River as a direct result of staying true to his vision. Below is a slide show from last year’s Clearwater Music Festival. Let the images of summer warm your cold New England toes! Photos (c) Hilltown Families.

    Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival

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    Come to the Festival in June, and join the thousands of people of all ages who carry on Seeger’s legacy through art, music, dance and education.

    Becoming a Volunteer at the Festival

    Volunteering for the Clearwater Festival is easy, with applications available online at: www.clearwaterfestival.org. Volunteers are granted full Festival access and receive an
    official volunteer T-shirt, on-site camping, and all meals and snacks from Friday evening to Sunday evening. They are also invited to the exclusive volunteer party, featuring
    food, dancing and a live band.

    Some of the headliners last year included the Cowboy Junkies, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn. And on the Family Stage last year was a great line-up of fine talent:

  • Bindlestick Bill
  • Steve Charney & Harry
  • Dog on Fleas
  • Spook Handy
  • Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • Paul Richmond
  • Roger the Jester
  • Story Laurie & Ira McIntosh
  • Storycrafters
  • Uncle Rock
  • We’ll keep you posted on this year’s line up when it’s been confirmed!

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